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5 Common Networking Mistakes You’re Making

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Building a network of people that you don’t get along with is completely pointless.

The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What’s the best way to network? is written by Scott Kriz, CEO of Bitium.

All too often, I see people at networking events exchanging business cards and starting up superficial conversations for obviously one-sided, self-serving purposes. But what happens when you leave the happy hour or the conference? How many of those conversations resulted in something substantial? Networking should be viewed as the beginning of long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship. While there’s no formula to creating a valuable network, there certainly are guidelines. Here are five lessons I’ve learned while building and strengthening my network:

Be authentic
When I was fresh out of college, I used to attend events and come home with a pile of business cards, trying to figure out how each person could benefit me in my career. Guess how many of those turned into valuable relationships? Not one. Realizing this, I stopped bringing cards with me to events. Instead, I started attending events with smaller groups of people and focused more on getting to really know everyone on a personal level. Over time, I found that people with whom I shared common personal interests tended to provide more value than those with closer professional ties.

See also: What a game of chess can teach you about networking

Listen and ask questions
While I love sharing stories, I have never learned anything by hearing myself talk. So I try to focus on learning from other people’s experiences by taking a genuine interest in that person and asking them questions instead. For example, a few years ago, I found out the CMO from Microsoft had retired and was living in Southern California. Marketing has always been an area that fascinated me because it didn’t come naturally. I wanted to learn about marketing from the top mind in B2B marketing software so I could better understand it for my own business.

Through my network, I found out that she was going to be at a local accelerator event so I decided to attend as well. It’s amazing how generous people are with their time and their knowledge when you express genuine interest. Mich Mathews is now an investor and board member for Bitium–and a close friend of mine.

Seek out people that you like
Building a network of people that you don’t get along with is completely pointless. Every one of us has our own opinions, tastes and tolerances. Spend your time with people you like and you will find natural alignment. When I started my current company, I was lucky enough to have a co-founder that I had enormous respect for both personally and professionally. We wanted to hire the smartest employees, of whom we also enjoyed working with. Everyone on our current team has been hired through a personal or professional connection. I’m proud of this, not only because I love what we do as a company, but because I love the people that I am building the company with.

See also: Business cards aren’t outdated and 4 other networking tips

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes
Some of the best networkers that I know are busy and overcommitted by nature. In order to leverage their networks appropriately and get the introductions I want, I’ve found that the less intrusive and more specific that I can be, the more likely they are to help out. Put yourself in the shoes of the person who is being solicited and read the content of the email as if you are that person. Make your email request is concise, specific, not completely self-serving and most importantly, easy for them to forward on to the person you want an introduction to. Help them help you.

Be yourself
Remember that everyone is just a person, no matter what they have achieved or how well-known they are. It’s easy to get star struck when meeting someone you’ve read about or who is considered a ‘celebrity’ in your industry. Approach them like you would anyone else at an event. Too many times people try to force a conversation because they really admire someone and want nothing more than to be associated with that person. Relax, have fun and don’t try to foster relationships that aren’t natural.

Read all answers to the Leadership Insider question: What’s the best way to network?

How to work a room at an important networking event by Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify.

The one question you have to ask everyone you network withby Clark Valberg, CEO of InVision.

3 signs you’re a serial meet-and-greet networker by Shadan Deleveaux, director of sales multicultural beauty division at L’Oréal USA.

Forget what you know about networking. Do this instead by Jim Yu, CEO of BrightEdge.

3 networking mistakes you don’t know you’re making by Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite.

Why face-to-face networking will never go out of style by Kevin Chou, co-founder and CEO of Kabam.

How to effectively network (even if you dread it) by David DeWolf, president and CEO of 3Pillar Global.

The only thing you need to keep in mind when networkingby William Craig, founder and president of WebpageFX.

Why social media alone won’t get you a job by Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia.

NYSE President: I owe every job I’ve ever had to networking by Tom Farley, president of the NYSE.

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The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question: What’s the best way to network? is written by Scott Kriz, CEO of Bitium.

All too often, I see people at networking events exchanging business cards and starting up superficial conversations for obviously one-sided, self-serving purposes. But what happens when you leave the happy hour or the conference? How many of those conversations resulted in something substantial? Networking should be viewed as the beginning of long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship. While there’s no formula to creating a valuable network, there certainly are guidelines. Here are five lessons I’ve learned while building and strengthening my network:

Be authentic
When I was fresh out of college, I used to attend events and come home with a pile of business cards…

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Wisconsin Colleges and Universities by Cost in 2015

Below is a chart of Wisconsin colleges and universities from lowest to highest tuition cost.

Institution Name City In-State Cost Net Cost Website
Chippewa Valley Technical College Eau Claire $3,395 $8,555 Go
Madison Area Technical College Madison $3,666 $12,576 Go
Mid-State Technical College Wisconsin Rapids $3,666 $8,614 Go
Milwaukee Area Technical College Milwaukee $3,666 $9,071 Go
Blackhawk Technical College Janesville $3,666 $9,193 Go
Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee $3,666 $9,122 Go
Moraine Park Technical College Fond du Lac $3,666 $9,617 Go
Western Technical College La Crosse $3,666 $8,802 Go
Northcentral Technical College Wausau $3,666 $9,188 Go
Fox Valley Technical College Appleton $3,666 $6,969 Go
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Green Bay $3,666 $8,892 Go
Gateway Technical College Kenosha $3,666 $7,637 Go
Lakeshore Technical College Cleveland $3,666 $7,261 Go
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Fennimore $3,667 $7,590 Go
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Shell Lake $3,910 $8,567 Go
Nicolet Area Technical College Rhinelander $4,039 $6,487 Go
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Hayward $4,560 $6,609 Go
University of Wisconsin Colleges Madison $4,750 $8,410 Go
College of Menominee Nation Keshena $6,000 N/A Go
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Stevens Point $6,298 $11,820 Go
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay $6,298 $11,557 Go
University of Wisconsin-Parkside Kenosha $6,298 $9,348 Go
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville $6,418 $12,952 Go
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh $6,422 $11,703 Go
University of Wisconsin-River Falls River Falls $6,428 $12,014 Go
           
Institution Name City In-State Cost Net Cost Website
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater $6,519 $11,332 Go
University of Wisconsin-Superior Superior $6,535 $11,565 Go
University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie $7,014 $14,264 Go
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire $7,361 $12,940 Go
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse $7,585 $12,927 Go
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee $8,091 $14,882 Go
University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison $9,273 $16,536 Go
University of Phoenix-Milwaukee Campus Milwaukee $10,560 N/A Go
Rasmussen College-Wisconsin Green Bay $10,764 N/A Go
Herzing University-Kenosha Kenosha $11,150 N/A Go
Herzing University-Brookfield Brookfield $11,150 N/A Go
Herzing University-Madison Madison $11,150 N/A Go
Maranatha Baptist University Watertown $11,980 N/A Go
Northland International University Dunbar $12,290 N/A Go
Anthem College-Brookfield Brookfield $13,806 N/A Go
Globe University-Madison East Madison $14,040 N/A Go
Globe University–Green Bay Green Bay $14,040 N/A Go
Globe University–Madison West Middleton $14,040 N/A Go
Globe University–Wausau Rothschild $14,040 N/A Go
Globe University-La Crosse Onalaska $14,040 N/A Go
Globe University-Appleton Grand Chute $14,040 N/A Go
Globe University-Eau Claire Eau Claire $14,040 N/A Go
The Art Institute of Wisconsin Milwaukee $14,868 N/A Go
Strayer University-Wisconsin Milwaukee $15,300 N/A Go
DeVry University-Wisconsin Milwaukee $15,930 N/A Go
Madison Media Institute Madison $16,309 N/A Go
Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee Milwaukee $16,530 N/A Go
Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa Wauwatosa $16,530 N/A Go
Bryant & Stratton College-Bayshore Glendale $16,530 N/A Go
Bellin College Green Bay $20,000 N/A Go
Lakeland College Plymouth $21,960 N/A Go
Alverno College Milwaukee $22,656 N/A Go
Viterbo University La Crosse $22,740 N/A Go
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Manitowoc $22,950 N/A Go
Marian University Fond Du Lac $24,300 N/A Go
Mount Mary University Milwaukee $24,598 N/A Go
Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee $24,620 N/A Go
Edgewood College Madison $24,666 N/A Go
Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee $24,800 N/A Go
Concordia University-Wisconsin Mequon $24,930 N/A Go
Carroll University Waukesha $27,039 N/A Go
Northland College Ashland $29,000 N/A Go
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee $29,474 N/A Go
Saint Norbert College De Pere $31,266 N/A Go
Ripon College Ripon $31,329 N/A Go
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee $32,880 N/A Go
Marquette University Milwaukee $34,200 N/A Go
Carthage College Kenosha $34,850 N/A Go
Lawrence University Appleton $40,926 N/A Go
Beloit College Beloit $40,970 N/A Go

2015 University Rankings- Wisconsin

11 Top-Ranked Wisconsin Colleges and Universities

Top Ranked Universities in Wisconsin- Highest Overall School Score

10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your main idea

TED Blog

When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on the changing bodies of athletes. Photo: James Duncan Davidson/TED

Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other folks in the office. Yes, his coworkers ask him to design their slides, because he’s just that good.

We asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote mojo so that others could benefit from it. Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck, split into two parts: the big, overarching goals, and the little tips and tricks that make your presentation…

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How to Get What You Want at Work

TIME

Getting what you want is often exceedingly difficult. Everyone knows what it’s like to want something: a promotion at work, a date with your crush, an extension on That Impossible Problem Set, an expedited premiere date for Season 6 of Game of Thrones. But when it comes to actually asking for the things we desire, most of us hit a wall. We tend to succumb to stress, nerves, anxiety, or some terrifying combination of all three, in fear of being labeled as overly pushy or too demanding.

Asking for what you want is a crucial part of life, and the more you practice, the easier it becomes.

How to ask for what you want — and get it

According to Dan Johnston, the 25-year-old co-founder of online tutoring company InstaEDU, the most important element in successfully getting what you want is how you frame the question.

“Typically, you think…

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What to Know Before Choosing a Photo for Your LinkedIn Profile

TIME

Choosing the right LinkedIn photo is no easy feat: you can’t just upload your latest selfie and expect to score your dream job. The snapshot should be professional, and show prospective employers that you’re the perfect person for a role without looking too staged or cheesy. Choosing an exemplary photo just got more involved: new research suggests looking at least a “little” happy in your picture will make you appear more trustworthy to prospective employers.

So what does a “little” happy mean, as opposed to just, um, regular happy?

Through a series of experiments, researchers at New York University found that people who weren’t overtly smiling or laughing like hyenas in their pic, but rather adopting a positive, upward-curving expression (upturned eyebrows included) seemed like more reliable candidates. And on the other end, if you sport a down-turned expression, or look more hardened in your photo, you are more likely…

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